What to do when you lose your Passport in Spain

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What to do when you lose your Passport in Spain

In case you have the unfortunate circumstances of losing your Passport in Spain, and you have a flight to catch to leave the country, here is what you need to do:

1. You need to file a police report with the National Police (Policia National) not the local police. If you so happen to be in Alicante, Spain, they are located here: C/ Médico Pascual Pérez, 33 – 35. This is a major hassle and will throw salt in your Game, but having the police report will make things easier. Hopefully, you will also have a copy of your lost Passport.

2. You need to get either to Barcelona (Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23, 08034 Barcelona) or Madrid (C/ SERRANO, 75, 28006 Madrid). Valencia has a Consulate as well, but they are closed now. I went to Barcelona, because I know the city better. The consolate is about 11km from the airport. Or about 15 min in cab.

3. Hop on flight to Barcelona (or Madrid). The police report will allow you to get on the flight.

4. Get your bags and throw them in the consegnas or storage lockers. This is in I think Terminal one. It costs about 5.40 euros for 24 hours. Make sure you keep your ticket safe.

5. Hope in a cab to The US Consulate in Barcelona. Grease the cab driver to make sure you get there before 1pm. This is key. And stupid that they close at 1pm. I mean, its not like it’s important, right? They are also open only Monday – Friday (9am to 1pm).

6. Roll over to Consulate. They actually are pretty helpful. If there is no line, they can get you an emergency Passport in one hour. You might need to show proof that you have a flight out of the country. Make sure you bring it. It will cost $135 dollars plus 4 euros for Passport photos. You can pay the $135 with credit card. You need cash (monedas) for the photos.

7. In an hour or so, you have your emergency Passport. Pure stoke.

8. Make sure you check out Monastery de Pedralbes and The Güell Pavilions by Antonio Gaudi, as both are in walking distance of the Consulate. This will help make your trip to Barcelona worthwhile.

9. Get a Catalan grind on.

10. Hop in a cab back to airport.

11. Get your luggage out of the consegnas.

12. You are back in action. Commence swooping girls at Barcelona airport. There will be tons.

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11 Comments on "What to do when you lose your Passport in Spain"

  1. The G Manifesto
    14/08/2011 at 6:59 pm Permalink

    I work for the State Department, wish I was posted to Barcelona so I could have issued the passport to the G and met him in person.

  2. The G Manifesto
    14/08/2011 at 7:03 pm Permalink

    weesh, proper g method is to bust out one of your other passports

  3. The G Manifesto
    The G Manifesto
    14/08/2011 at 8:32 pm Permalink

    “weesh, proper g method is to bust out one of your other passports”

    Good point, however, I only traveled with one.

    Plus, it would have probably given me more problems on re-entering America.

    – MPM

  4. The G Manifesto
    15/08/2011 at 9:00 am Permalink

    The most important things close early – banks, post-offices etc, and the least important things are open 24 hours – McDonalds, Dennys, some gyms (who needs to hit the treadmill at 3am?).

  5. The G Manifesto
    16/08/2011 at 11:08 pm Permalink

    That’s almost as useful and awe inspiring as the senseless crap I’ve been writing about. http://two.cedonulli.com/2011/08/quoting-quotes/

    I mean, right. Good work getting that new passport. 🙂

  6. The G Manifesto
    17/08/2011 at 3:12 am Permalink

    I just added your website to http://www.aimdownyoursights.com/linkage keep up the good work. Oh, i want to go back to Spain 🙁

  7. The G Manifesto
    Prescott Alexander Patell III
    18/08/2011 at 9:24 am Permalink

    Wait, wait, wait…

    Did you say “Good point, however, I only traveled with one.”


    I would say that is Mistake Number 1, but there must have been another reason…

  8. The G Manifesto
    21/08/2011 at 2:43 pm Permalink

    Ha, try losing your passport in Russia.

    To go to Russia, you need a visa. Most people don’t realize it, but your Russian visa is both an entrance and an EXIT visa. So, if you lose your passport (which has your visa in it), you can’t leave the country just by getting a new passport from the US consulate. You also need to get a replacement visa, which is a bureaucratic process at least ten times more complicated than getting a new passport. It involves multiple Russian government agencies with long lines and documentation from the company/agency that issue the invitation for your visa (and you might not even know who they are or where to find them.) In the meantime, you’re stuck in Moscow for at least a week.

    I didn’t lose my passport there but I know someone who did and it was a nightmare for him.

  9. The G Manifesto
    22/08/2011 at 1:21 pm Permalink

    Not to mention that in russia if you don.t look ethnic Russian cops will stop you all the time and ask for ID. Racism in America? Yeah, right. Go to Russia if you want to see real racism.


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